These Companies Are Turning Waste Into Sustainable Products
From plastic forks to the plastic lids on our takeaway coffee mugs, plastic has firmly wedged itself into our lives. But while using the material makes our daily tasks more convenient, it’s wreaking havoc on the creatures that live in our oceans.
According to the WWF, eight million tons of plastic waste is deposited into the our oceans every year. By 2050, they estimate that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. It’s time we do our bit to ensure the future of these species.
One way to do that is buying things that have been made sustainably. These companies create sustainable products by recycling plastic and turning it into something useful.
1. Green Plastic Wood
Based in Heidelberg, Green Plastic Wood has manufactured recycled plastic wood furniture since 2009. The material is made from 100% recycled plastic, is impervious to insects, and doesn’t require maintenance. Their sustainable products include a bench and table and a swing.
2. adidas X Parley
In their ocean-inspired line, adidas use upcycled plastic waste from beaches. The line kicked off with the adidas Ultra Boost Parley, which used sustainable materials to create a performance-oriented shoe. The line now includes shorts and T-shirts.
One of the first outdoor clothing manufacturers to turn waste into fleece, Patagonia has a range of sustainable clothing. It makes recycled polyester fibres from a blend of unusable waste, worn-out clothing and used cooldrink bottles. Their line includes backpacks, winter gear and T-shirts.
An EcoBrick is a plastic bottle filled with clean and dry non-bio-degradable material. The bottles are then used to build insulative structures and colourful furniture. You can make these at home and drop them off at your nearest collection point.